TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT?

WHILE PASSING A GASOLINE TANKER TRUCK, I NOTICED A SMALL STICKER PLACED AT EYE LEVEL ON THE BACK OF THE TANK THAT READ: “IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO CLOSE”. THE SIGN WAS ACCURATE. A DRIVER BEHIND THE TRUCK WOULD HAVE TO BE WITHIN 30-40 FEET IN ORDER TO READ THE SIGN….A DANGEROUS DISTANCE AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS AND MUCH TOO CLOSE TO STOP AND AVOID REAR ENDING A GASOLINE TRUCK! HOW ABOUT YOUR DAILY WALK WITH SIN? ARE YOU TO CLOSE? ARE YOU AT A SAFE DISTANCE AWAY FROM SIN OR ARE YOU SO CLOSE YOU ARE IN DANGER? ARE YOU AVOIDING THE WARNING SIGNS? AS YOU MAKE ALLOWANCES, ARE YOU PUTTING YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN JEOPARDY? DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO THE IDEA OF ‘JUST A LITTLE’ WON’T HURT ANYTHING? OR HOW ABOUT ‘NO ONE WILL KNOW’, MAYBE ‘IT WON’T HURT ANYONE’, OR ‘I’LL DO THIS OR THAT JUST THIS ONE TIME’? SIN….ALL SIN….HAS A WARNING SIGN….’IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO CLOSE’. SIN IS LIKE A MAGNET. GET TOO CLOSE AND SIN PULLS YOU IN ALL AT ONCE BEFORE YOU KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING. WHETHER YOU ARE BEHIND LARGE TRUCKS ON THE ROAD OR ARE AWARE OF A SINFUL SITUATION…..DON’T GET TOO CLOSE…KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FOR THOSE PAST SINFUL FAILURES. “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” ROMANS 6:23...

DO YOU GO “FISHIN” OR “CATCHIN”?

I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED FISHING. IN PAST YEARS, I EVEN HAD SOME GREAT TRIPS WHEN I CAUGHT FISH! FOR YEARS I BLAMED MY LACK OF QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF FISH ON NEVER HAVING THE TIME TO BE A REGULAR FISHERMAN. I WAS WRONG. EVERY TIME I WENT ‘FISHING’, I WOULD ‘TRY’ THIS OR THAT AND I MIGHT EVEN CATCH SOME FISH. I NEVER CAUGHT A LOT OF FISH ON A REGULAR BASIS. I WAS ‘FISHIN’….I WAS NOT ‘CATCHIN’. I WAS IGNORING THE BASICS. THE LITTLE SIGNS…WIND, COVER, CURRENTS, SEASONS AND TEMPERATURE ALL WILL TELL YOU WHERE THE FISH ARE AND ARE NOT. BUT, THE GREATEST AID IS ATTITUDE. A FEW YEARS AGO, I CHANGED MY ATTITUDE. I STOPPED GOING ‘FISHIN’ AND STARTED GOING ‘CATCHIN’. SINCE, I HAVE YET TO COME HOME EMPTY HANDED. I NOW TAKE MY LIMIT OF NUMBERS AND LAND SOME REAL TROPHY SIZED FISH. I CHANGED MY ATTITUDE AND STARTED ‘CATCHIN’. ATTITUDE. WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE ABOUT GOD? ARE YOU IGNORING THE SIGNS HE HAS GIVEN YOU? SPEND SOME TIME IN HIS WORD AND START ‘CATCHIN’. GET SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. ISN’T IT TIME YOU STOPPED ‘FISHIN’ FOR THE LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU AND STARTED ‘CATCHIN’ ALL THE DUTIES AND BLESSINGS HE HAS STORED UP FOR YOU? “I DO ALL THIS FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL, THAT I MAY SHARE IN ITS BLESSINGS.” I CORINTHIANS 9:23...

DO YOU EVER NEED TO BE LUCKY?

I AM REMINDED OF A STORY I FIRST HEARD FROM RETIRED PASTOR BUCKNER FANNING 25 YEARS AGO. HE TOLD OF A NEWSPAPER AD PLACED IN THE LOST AND FOUND LISTINGS FOR A LOST DOG. IT READ: “LOST, OLDER MIXED BREED DOG. MULTICOLORED, BLIND IN LEFT EYE, MISSING RIGHT FRONT LEG. NEEDS MEDICINES DAILY. ANSWERS TO THE NAME OF ‘LUCKY’. IF FOUND PLEASE CALL………..” THERE ARE DAYS WE MAY ALL SEEM LIKE LUCKY, THE DOG. JUST WHEN WE THINK OUR PROBLEMS ARE OVERWHELMING, THINGS SEEM TO GET WORSE! THANKFULLY, WE DON’T HAVE TO RELY ON LUCK. LUCK IS A GAME OF CHANCE…A FALSE HOPE DESIGNED BY SATAN. MAYBE YOU WILL WIN, MAYBE YOU WILL LOSE…OR MAYBE YOU WILL BREAK EVEN…ALL FALSE HOPES. LUCK IS FALSE HOPE AND FALSE HOPE COMES FROM SATAN. INSTEAD OF LUCK, WE HAVE THE ABSOLUTE WORD OF GOD THAT WE CAN DEPEND UPON. IT IS NEVER ABOUT WINNING OR LOSING. GOD IS IN CONTROL. WE CAN REAP ALL THE BENEFITS OF GOD’S CONTROL, ONLY WHEN WE TURN OUR DESIRES, PROBLEMS AND SITUATIONS OVER TO HIM. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS WHEN WE TAKE THE TIME TO PRAY, UNDERSTAND HIS WILL AND LISTEN CAREFULLY TO HIS GUIDING ANSWER. YOU DON’T NEED SATAN’S LUCK WHEN HAVE GOD’S BLESSINGS! “ALL THESE BLESSINGS WILL COME ON YOU AND ACCOMPANY YOU IF YOU OBEY THE LORD YOUR GOD.” DEUTERONOMY 28:2...

HAVE YOU EVER WAITED ON GOD?

THE SIGN ON THE STREET CORNER CLEARLY READ “BUS STOP” IN RED BLOCK LETTERS IN A BLUE BORDER ON A WHITE 9″X12″ METAL PLATE. AS I PASSED, I NOTICED A MAN STANDING ON THE CORNER. MANY MILES AWAY, AS I CONTINUED MY DRIVE, I REMEMBERED THERE HAD NOT BEEN A BUS ON THAT STREET FOR YEARS! WHEN THE ROUTE HAD CHANGED, NO ONE REMOVED THAT OLD SIGN. THAT MAN WAS WAITING FOR A BUS THAT WOULD NEVER COME. HAVE YOU EVER WAITED ON SOMETHING THAT SEEMED IT WOULD NEVER COME? HAVE YOU EVER PRAYED FOR SOMETHING AND FELT LIKE GOD NEVER ANSWERED YOUR PRAYER? MAYBE…YOU ARE STANDING ON THE WRONG CORNER. WE HAVE OFTEN HEARD TO ‘WAIT ON GOD’. ARE YOU WAITING ON GOD, WHEN GOD IS WAITING ON YOU? DO YOU THINK GOD IS TRYING TO FIGURE THE SITUATION OUT? GOD KNEW BEFORE YOUR FIRST BREATH THE TOILS AND DOUBTS YOU WOULD HAVE. OUR WAITING WITH AN UNPREPARED HEART CAN BE A LONG WAIT. FALSE SIGNS CAN DECEIVE US. WE HAVE TO PUT OURSELVES WHERE GOD WANTS US IN A SITUATION, NOT WHERE WE MAY WANT TO BE. ONLY BY BEING IN DEDICATED PRAYER AND LISTENING INTENTLY CAN WE HEAR GOD’S CLEAR INSTRUCTION…ALL ON HIS TIMETABLE. GOD WAITING FOR YOU TO BE AT THE RIGHT CORNER WHERE HE ALWAYS HAS BEEN, IS AND WILL BE. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS WHEN HE KNOWS OUR HEART IS PREPARED AND WE ARE READY TO HEAR HIS ANSWERS. IT IS NOT ABOUT BEING UNDER A ‘SIGN’. IT IS ABOUT HAVING A HEART PREPARED FOR GOD’S ANSWER…AT THE RIGHT PLACE, AT THE RIGHT TIME…BOTH...